Archive for Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Police investigating evening auto burglaries

Three juveniles were arrested Wednesday morning after being connected to as many as five auto burglaries in the area. The youths were also charged with breaking curfew.

December 23, 2009


Lawrence police are investigating several auto burglaries that took place late Tuesday evening.

According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl, at least three auto burglaries were reported between 11 p.m. and midnight Tuesday. The burglaries all occurred in the 900 block of April Rain Court. Officers were searching for suspects reportedly involved in the incidents, three white men wearing hooded sweatshirts, but were unable to locate the suspects in the time directly following the reports.

One officer remained in the area of the burglaries on patrol. Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the officer saw a vehicle in the area that looked suspicious. Hadl said as the officer approached the vehicle, he saw a young man heading toward the vehicle as well. When the subject saw the officer, he took off running. The officer chased the young man on foot, until the subject gave himself up a short time later.

Officers eventually located two more individuals fitting the description given for the suspects in the auto burglaries. The two had been driving around the area, waiting to pick up the third suspect the officer had chased. Hadl said the two suspects were apprehended near the intersection of Harvard and Douglas streets. The suspects, two 17-year-old men and one 16-year-old man, all from the Topeka area, were being interviewed by officers.

Hadl said officers were attempting to narrow down how many auto burglaries had taken place as well as determine where they had occurred. She said the three suspects would most likely be transported to the juvenile detention center, since all three were out after curfew.

Hadl said charges against the three youths would possibly include interfering with the duties of an officer and attempted auto burglary, pending information received during the interviews.


Rick Aldrich 8 years, 6 months ago

All from Topeka again, Hmmmmmmmmmmm! IDIOTS!

GetItRight 8 years, 6 months ago

LJW - would it be too much to include where the 900 block of April Lane Court is? Such as...."900 block of April Lane Court, near xxx and xxx."

If your goal is to inform the public of what is happening in their community, then give people a clear idea of where the crime took place. Using police lingo is a 'cop' out and poor communication skills.

momof2ku 8 years, 6 months ago

Great job Lawrence Police for catching them!! Isn't that the point here?

nobody1793 8 years, 6 months ago

Throw the book at them (i.e. probation, and give them their choice of lollipops on the way out).

flux 8 years, 6 months ago

The point is, lets make an example of them. I say we cut thier hands off

volunteer 8 years, 6 months ago

Yes, this was a great job by the LPD. Thanks, Officer, for hanging around. Very shrewd. I wonder how many car thefts in Lawrence and Topeka these young men were responsible for?

parrothead8 8 years, 6 months ago

@Informed They weren't stealing cars...they were burglarizing them. There's a big difference between walking around looking for unlocked vehicles to steal stuff from and stealing the whole vehicle.

But I agree...great job, LPD. Way to do the legwork on this one.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 6 months ago

I'd call the group effort "organized crime".

dani36921 8 years, 6 months ago

They must mean April Rain Court. I have never heard of April Lane, plus April Rain Court is around the 900 block.

Andrew Kong 8 years, 6 months ago

My car was hit up late Sunday/early Monday, and I live very close to the intersection of Harvard of Douglas. I'm wondering if it was these kids.

emptymind 8 years, 6 months ago

Always from Topeka.....doesn't anyone in this town think that our kids are capable of that? Quit blaming others and instead of putting up that wall, begin to tear down the one already there

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